2019 Offshore Petroleum Exploration Acreage Release address

Thank you very much for giving me the opportunity to speak at this Connect event hosted by APPEA. I'm sorry I couldn't join you in person, but it's a sitting week here in Canberra. I want to congratulate APPEA for doing this innovative style of announcing this acreage release through a live stream and congratulations to Andrew McConville and all his team. Read more

APPEA Press Conference Speech

Press conference speech at the Australian Petroleum Production & Exploration Association. Read more

National Resources Statement Launch

Thank you for the opportunity to address this year’s Minerals Week Seminar. The key topics for the seminar—mining industry sustainability, community engagement and innovation—are high on the Australian Government’s agenda for resources policy.When I spoke at the Melbourne Mining Club in December, I indicated I was working on a forward-looking policy document. Read more

Melbourne Mining Club Address

Perhaps the most famous history of the Australian resources sector, written by Geoffrey Blainey, is subtitled "The rush that never ended". The first edition of that book was written 55 years ago, and I don't think the rush has ended yet. Since the mid 2000s, employment, production and tax revenues in and from the resources sector have all more than doubled, and wages in the resources sector have increased by more than 70 per cent. Australia's resources industry has never been more important to our economic wealth and prosperity than it is today. Read more

2018 Annual Statement on Developing Northern Australia

When this government announced its White Paper on northern development three years ago, we mapped out a 20 year plan to develop the north, the first White Paper by any Commonwealth Government to develop Northern Australia. The government has made significant progress on implementing our plan, including the construction of roads, dams and other infrastructure, and three quarters of the White Papers recommendations have been implemented. Read more

Speech to the AMEC Convention

Speech to the Association of Mining and Exploration Companies (AMEC) Convention in Perth. Next year will mark the 160th anniversary of one of the first major Australian mineral finds, yet 70% of Australia remains unexplored from a mineral perspective.  Read more

2018 APPEA Conference

It is great to be back at another APPEA conference. I get to a few conferences both here and overseas. Can I say that yours is one of the best in the country. It truly is a world class conference. It is great to see another successful turnout. Australia should be able to put on a world class conference because we are about to be the world's largest exporter of gas. That is something to be proud of but I think we have all learnt over the past year that the contribution of this industry to Australia must extend beyond just exports. Read more

The Long Mining Boom - National Press Club

SENATOR THE HON MATTHEW CANAVAN Minister for Resources and Northern Australia National Press Club Speech 28 March 2018 Read more

Speech to the Centre for Strategic and International Studies, Washington DC

The German historian Alexander Dermandt once compiled 210 reasons for the fall of the Roman Empire. One of the 210 reasons was the depletion of its mineral resources.[1A] Read more

Speech – Australian Domestic Gas Outlook Sydney

Last year when I spoke to this conference, I did so in the context of very high domestic gas prices. At the time I noted that the domestic price of gas in Adelaide was $14 / GJ compared to a price of $11 / GJ in Japan. Read more



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